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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book shows what is great about Cindy Sherman
At first glance, you might see ordinary, banal photos that resemble out takes from studio stills. Look deeper and you will see works of genius that expose a new way of seeing and exploring the inner self that have been highly influential in the art world. This book has the images that started it all for Cindy Sherman and for that reason, you should start with this book...
Published on May 2, 2006 by Chris Kitze

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1.0 out of 5 stars The emperor's new photographs
Despite the fact that Art News, december 1999, included Cindy Sherman in a list of the ten top living artists, that's irrelevant from my viewpoint. Such considerations can only be of interest to those who view art works as some sort of groceries at their disposal in the supermarket down the road.

The "untitled film stills" are just a collection of "portraits"...
Published on June 27, 2005 by F. J. Craveiro de Carvalho


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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inventing Situations, July 23, 2007
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This review is from: Cindy Sherman: The Complete Untitled Film Stills (Hardcover)
Cindy Sherman has been called the most important female photographer of the 20th century. You'd never know it if you should happen to run into her on her bicycle in New York. If you've seen her recently, you might have found her riding around with an avid bicyclist and gray haired fellow who used to be in a band....can't remember "the name of this band".

Both Sherman and her beau, David something or another, have been at the forefront of the post or modern avant garde movement. What's striking about Sherman aside from the fact she looks at least a decade younger than she is, is how she blends in, and looks much like a "regular" handsome thirty or forty something (as opposed to my, at least, definition of a "performance artist").

The series of photos in this book are from her early days. In them, I guees she's portraying all the different characters who live in her mind. The range of personas she embodies is bewildering. If you didn't know it was her, you'd think they were photos of a series of different women, and if you didn't know they were staged, or that she's an artist, you'd think they were actresses from a bunch of different 60s movies. The photos are alternately mysterious, profoundly strange and beautiful, always emotionless, and at times hints at hidden eroticism.

She's been riding bikes and opening a more complete retrospective of her work in Europe this spring and early summer, a 300+ page book of which was published in March.

This book is a great introduction to Cindy Sherman. If you like it, go see her show, and buy the new book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Photography book, January 5, 2014
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This review is from: Cindy Sherman: The Complete Untitled Film Stills (Hardcover)
I have not yet heard any remarks about this book from my son who wanted it for Christmas. I am sure he likes it though.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars those who don't know, December 18, 2005
This review is from: Cindy Sherman: The Complete Untitled Film Stills (Hardcover)
avoid reading the one review that is obviously by someone that knows nothing about photography and has no buisness writing reviews about a topic they obviously have no schooling in. Cindy Sherman's film stills are her best works to date and they are a must in anyones photography book collection.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful., February 20, 2006
This review is from: Cindy Sherman: The Complete Untitled Film Stills (Hardcover)
great book and great artist. not sure what the person who wrote negative review was comparing it to, but she/he is a freak show who has way too much time on her/his hands. obviously bitter about something...possibly crazy?
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19 of 84 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The emperor's new photographs, June 27, 2005
This review is from: Cindy Sherman: The Complete Untitled Film Stills (Hardcover)
Despite the fact that Art News, december 1999, included Cindy Sherman in a list of the ten top living artists, that's irrelevant from my viewpoint. Such considerations can only be of interest to those who view art works as some sort of groceries at their disposal in the supermarket down the road.

The "untitled film stills" are just a collection of "portraits" of Ms Sherman in disguise as a second rate steriotyped character removed from some movie.

The introduction itself, written by Ms Sherman herself, is nothing but a bunch of trivialities and a good example of the fact that most artists are unable to talk about their own work in an articulate and intelligent way.

Technically the pictures are poor and, naturally, one is led to wonder whether at the time Ms Sherman could dominate all the pratical sides of Photography. Moreover some are not even taken by her but by people who apparently had no particular qualifications. It's hardly surprising that some of the stills look very much like the pictures one finds in family albums.

Not wanting to be entirely negative, I would single out still #21 as interesting but I cannot bring myself to say more than that.

The principal interest I found in this book was the confirmation that the art world is full of "masterpieces" of which the future is uncertain, to say the least.
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